Walabot DIY review


I have been doing home improvement projects for decades now. I lost count years ago, but the total number has to be in the hundreds of all shapes, sizes and effort levels. Many times the construction involved tearing into something with only some idea what I was to find. Well, Walabot promises the DIY can alleviate this problem. The DIY is supposedly able to see thru materials and into walls up to four inches thick.  When Julie told me about this device my immediate thought was “pure snake oil” but I agreed to see if the Walabot DIY really does work magic. So, let’s see how it goes…


The Walabot DIY is engineered to connect to your smartphone and “see” inside the walls of your house, office or any surface covered in drywall or concrete. The sensor array can penetrate up to 4 inches into walls and locate studs, plastic and metal pipes, and electrical wiring. The Walabot DIY app gives you a visual representation of what it senses behind your drywall, tile, and/or concrete board.

What’s in the box?


  • Walabot DIY sensor
  • microUSB cable
  • Magnetic disc
  • Protective plastic sheet
  • Manual/instructions


The Walabot DIY sensor and electronics are encased in black plastic and is approximately the footprint of today’s larger smartphones but is about twice as thick. Its form factor is very similar to a standard backup battery. The back of the DIY sensor has a circular magnet embedded into the plastic enabling the device to stick to the back of your Android smartphone. The magnetic connection between the sensor and metal disc could be stronger. The whole time I was using the mated devices it felt like the two could potentially fall apart.


There is a microUSB and a USB 3.0 engineered into one of the bottom end of the DIY device.


Oddly enough, the only operational port on the DIY device is the microUSB part of the USB 3.0 port. Your smartphone powers the DIY via microUSB cable. Once connected, the Walabot smartphone app walks you through the setup process the first time you use it.

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Currently the list of compatible devices is somewhat limited, as of the writing of this review, the DIY only works with Android smartphones running Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat with microUSB. Though as noted on the Walabot website the Note 7 and LG G4 are not supported. Julie tried using the DIY with her Nexus 6p and an adaptor to connect the two…it did not work.

Based on their website, it appears Walabot is working on a solution for iPhone users. Along with an iOS app, it would most likely require a specialized microUSB to Lightning cable to power the unit and communicate with your iPhone.


Here is the app interface you see when using the Walabot. You need to calibrate the device before every use. You can toggle between drywall and concrete depending which surface you are trying to see into. You can also switch the interface to see the raw data (seen above) or “pipe” view depending on what you’re trying to see. The app is also able to take snapshots of the screen in operation. The upper right hand graphic affirms the sensor and smartphone are communicating. Below that a depth gauge is showing how deep into the wall the cable, pipe, or stud is.


I tried the Walabot all around the house but ultimately ended up in one of our bathrooms that does a good job illustrating electrical, wood stud, and PEX water pipe beneath both drywall and concrete/tile all within a compact area.


This is what the DIY shows me when looking at electrical wiring running along a wood stud sitting behind 5/8″ drywall in both data and pipe views.


This is what the DIY shows me when looking at a classic wood 2 by 4 stud behind 5/8″ drywall.


This is what the DIY shows me when looking at PEX plastic water piping behind 1/2″ Hardieboard and ceramic tile.

If you watch this video from the Walabot website, it shows how to get it operational and how it is suppose to operate.

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I hate to say it, but I find the Walabot DIY a clumsy, mediocre electronic stud finder that requires a semi-dedicated Android smartphone to work with the results not worth the effort. A $20-30 electronic stud finder requires no prep time or hassle to get the job done. I grant you the Walabot DIY can locate water pipes and electrical wiring but anyone with any experience at all would know the approximate location of either in a bust into a wall or demolition type of situation. The DIY is normally $249 but is currently on sale for $199…either way, it’s a relatively expensive (niche) tool that a homeowner may use a handful of times or a professional might never need.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Walabot. Please visit their site for more info and to order.

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Product Information

Price:$249 (currently on sale for $199)
  • Android device with microUSB port
  • Can see behind drywall or concrete board
  • Expensive
  • Mediocre results
  • Requires Android smartphone w/microUSB port
  • No iOS/iPhone support
16 comments… add one
  • Dennis Quigley December 27, 2016, 12:46 pm

    Trying to return this device as i cannot see any practicle use. Cannot find any info on how to exercise their 14 day money back gaureentee. Cannot find any customer service info or phone number for them on line or on their website. Kinda hard to return it if they don’t give you any info or have the info on their website. Starting to feel scammed

  • Dennis Quigley December 28, 2016, 7:48 pm

    I sent an email to their support@walabot.com and they did not respond

  • Dennis Quigley December 28, 2016, 8:27 pm

    Thank You Julie Strietelmeier for anything that you can do. Such a shame that companies resort to this type of tactic.

  • Marvin Fuller December 28, 2016, 8:39 pm

    Don’t deal with these people, they have no customer support. I purchased two and needed to return one, I have sent emails and FB messages with no response. There is no phone number listed anywhere. Buyer beware.

    • Mindy M. Hull December 29, 2016, 10:57 am

      Hi Dennis –
      I reached out to you via the comments section on Digital Trends, which was flagged to me by their editor. Can you please email me directly at vayyar (at) mercuryglobalpartners (dot) com so I can try to help you? My firm is the PR agency of record for Vayyar and I want to help resolve this situation to a good outcome for you. I’ve already reached out to the company’s CEO and Marketing Director.

      Hi Marvin – I’m also happy to help resolve your situation. Please email me directly at the aforementioned email so I can help you directly.

      Kind regards – Mindy

      • Dennis Quigley December 29, 2016, 1:47 pm

        Looks like I may have jumped the gun on bad mouthing Walabot. I did not see the contact link on thier website. Once I contacted them they responded immediatly, and have already processed my refund. I was contacted by via email and they even called to discuss the problem. They seemed genuinely concerned, and wanted input on how they could improve their customer support. Anyone looking for a refund should go to walabot.com/refund or email them at support@walabot.com

  • AFraser January 13, 2017, 12:02 pm

    I purchased one. I tried it, out and it does work, but it isn’t as good as one would like. It is as usefully as any other stud finder is. I don’t see that it is much better, and the price doesn’t justify the results.

    My problem with the unit is that it heats the phone (Samsung Galaxy G7) up to a dangerous temperature. After 5 minutes my phone is getting too hot. The support team sent me a second unit, and my phone was getting to hot again. I didn’t let my phone get as hot this time. I’m not sure if it was related but my SIM card had to be replaced a couple days after my first use of the Walabot. The heat may have done damage.

    I can’t say it was worth the money. Wish it wasn’t so.

  • Carl March 11, 2017, 3:49 pm

    I have squeaky floor I would like to fix. Will walabot be able to see through carpet floor?

    • Tony May 21, 2017, 9:42 pm

      Someone please answer this. I’m thinking about getting this too if I can fix my squeaky floors.

  • Dan Wolfgram April 24, 2017, 5:54 pm

    I just got my Walabot today. I set it up as instructed and began to use it. First thing I noticed was that the magnet sticks good, how ever the phone flops and spins if you are not holding both units at the same time. I saw the studs just fine in picture mode and then a pipe/wire that must be in a tangle mode in my wall because it doesn’t follow the “line” that this pipe/wire is ran in the wall. The raw imagine mode shows the red splotch on the screen even if you are not against a wall. I put my hand over the sensor to see if it “picks up critters” and all I saw was the red splotch and a green spot that was my fingers (“Critter” mode I’m not so sure of). While I was using it for testing, less than 5 minutes, My phone ( Samsung Galaxy S7) got really hot! Obviously the Walabot uses a lot of phone power to work. I had to detach it and let it cool off. When I was re-testing it, my phone just went dead. Completely dead! I tried to turn it on but it would not. I plugged my phone into the charger and that was the only way it would come back on. When I plugged it in, it said I had 48% battery left. So looks like the Walabot will only work if you have 50% or more battery power. So far not impressed! As soon as my phone charges, I will try again. I will make close observations then will post my review on Yelp and Facebook.

  • Gustavo May 28, 2017, 10:35 pm

    Hello, I want to know if it is also thermal camera, like the Flir or Seek thermal, thanks

  • suliman June 19, 2017, 7:46 am

    hi there i’m an electric engineer and i want to ask somebody about if it show he pipe and the wire .. can i see the cable in the wall only or can i see it in the ground


  • Mel July 23, 2017, 2:57 pm

    Would this work with the zte zmax pro that uses a type c charging cable similar to iPhone in that it is able to plug in either way, not like a regular android with the slanted edges and only one way to plug it in.

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